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What is animal science?

Animal science is the study of domestic animals including livestock species (beef, dairy cattle, goats, horses, poultry, sheep and swine) and companion animals. You will learn about their nutrition, genetics, reproduction, behavior and health.

Why animal science at OSU?

Animal science is a versatile major. You will study concepts from production to processing, and learn about the value associated with livestock and domestic animals. Whether you plan to attend veterinary school, run a ranch, work for an animal health company, work in communications or anything in between, there is an option that will fit your interests.

Career paths

Animal science graduates are presented with knowledge in a broad variety of fields from the conception of animals to the consumption and use of products provided by those animals. Graduates are exposed to topics from physiology, nutrition and genetics to animal business, meats and production systems. You can look forward to a career in one of the following fields:


annually awarded by the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences


Hands-on learning

You can receive valuable, hands-on experience at the department’s 15 farms and research facilities encompassing 13,000 acres.


Fast fact

The department sponsors five judging teams: dairy cattle, horse, livestock, meat and meat animal evaluation. The teams have a combined total of more than 40 national championships – more than any other university in the country. 

 OSU Animal Science Labs

Undergraduate research opportunities

The department’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program provides you with valuable hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects side-by-side with faculty, graduate students, research technicians and research unit managers. The program builds a solid foundation in research methods to better prepare you for industry and academic careers in animal or food sciences.


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Agriculture & Animal Science majors 

Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Pre-Vet majors

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